Featured Artist Jonna Gill

Artist Jonna Gill creates highly expressive floral portraits as well as hand embellished abstractions. Enjoy her stunning portfolio and visit her website to learn more.

 

"Tulips Blush" (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 35" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tulips Blush” (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 35″ x 40″

 

My love for art and artistic expression arose in my late teens. I remember locking myself away and spending hours, whole days, experimenting with different mediums—pastels, watercolors, inks, etc. Those days I filled acquainting myself with the feel and properties of all that I explored.

 

"Geranium with Begonia Face" (La Belle Fleur) Photography, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Geranium with Begonia Face” (La Belle Fleur) Photography, 28″ x 40″

 

The art supply shop in my hometown was like a candy store to me. I’d ask myself, “What should I buy and indulge myself in to my heart’s desire today?” All things creative, then as now, have been the mainstay of my soul’s existence.

 

"Pink Lilly at Night" (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Pink Lilly at Night” (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30″ x 40″

 

My professional studies have run the gamut in disciplines from metalsmithing to drawing, painting, photography and couture design.

 

"St. Catherine Calla Lilly" (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“St. Catherine Calla Lilly” (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30″ x 40″

 

Two disciplines, photography and painting, come together and remain separate in my most current and continuous projects—La Belle Fleur (one woman’s obsession with flowers) and PROJECT MAX.

 

"Wedding Roses" (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wedding Roses” (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 28″ x 40″

 

With La Belle Fleur, I take photographic expression literally and capture the faces and personalities of some of the most divine creations on earth, the flowers. I was inspired to jump into this arena by artist/photographer extraordinaire Christopher Beane, whose works have taken the art of flower portraiture to a new level. And, of course, there is Irving Penn, whose use of the camera has become legendary and whose flower portraits are poignant and most exquisite.

 

"Medusa" (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Medusa” (La Belle Fleur) Photograph, 30″ x 40″

 

In my flower portrait work, I have come to see the individual personalities that each flower possesses—sometimes I actually hear them speak to me. In a session involving my favorite Gerber Daisy, I actually heard her say, “Pick me up and squish me in your hand and then put me back down.” I did that and it became the photograph known as Medusa.

 

“Solar Rain” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photography and Mixed Media Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28” x 40” by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Solar Rain” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photography and Mixed Media Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28” x 40”

 

PROJECT MAX began as an “accident.”

 

"Excalibur" (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastels Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Excalibur” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastels Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

I had been goaded by a friend to visit an ancient crystal skull whose owner takes it around the country for meetings and lectures. The skull’s name is Max. Legend has it that if you visit with Max, your life will change.

 

"Into the Gorge" (PROJECT MAX) Multi Media Work Photograph Overlaid with Pastels Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Into the Gorge” (PROJECT MAX) Multi Media Work Photograph Overlaid with Pastels Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

I went to see Max and came back the next day to set up a photo shoot involving jewelry. When I took the first shot, I realized I had inadvertently left the camera on the wrong settings from a prior shoot.

 

"Rain I" (PROJECT MAX) Photograph Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rain I” (PROJECT MAX) Photograph Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

At first, I was alarmed by my mistake, then I took a second look and realized that the mistake had created an original capture which appeared surreal and quite unusual.

 

"The Preponderance of the Great" (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40"

“The Preponderance of the Great” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

I continued experimenting by building small sets inclusive of objects I had in my studio (metals, gemstones, fabrics, etc.) while adding my own lighting recipes. This resulted in original captures which appeared almost fifth dimensional in nature.

 

"The Soul Ascending" (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastel Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Soul Ascending” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastel Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

PROJECT MAX original captures are produced as photographic prints and as mixed media prints on exquisite watercolor papers and canvas which I paint over to create hand embellished originals.

 

"Monsters in the Closet" (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastel Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28" x 40" by artist Jonna Gill. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Monsters in the Closet” (PROJECT MAX) Original Photograph Hand-Embellished with Pastel Printed on Watercolor Paper, 28″ x 40″

 

They also serve as inspiration for original works on canvas with acrylic paints or pastels on paper.

 

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